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24 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Upbeat Tigers must play roles perfectly to make progress

Cricketnext.com, Mumbai

Bangladesh are coming into the 2019 World Cup after winning their first multi-nation series in Ireland where they defeated a second-string West Indian side along with the hosts in a convincing manner to create a history.

Ever since making their maiden knockout stage appearance in the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh's stocks have only gone up in the multi-team events. They first made it to the semifinals of the 2017 Champions Trophy and then almost won the 2018 Asia Cup, before losing to India in the final.

Bangladesh have won 17 out of their last 27 ODIs since 2018 and have managed wins against the likes of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies. They have a team which is a mix of youth and experience and if they can get the better of at least three formidable units, Bangladesh can very well find themselves in the semifinals. It is certainly not going to be an easy task but with the riches that they possess, Bangladesh are capable of beating anyone on their day.

This will be Mashrafe Mortaza's last 50-over showpiece event and his team will be eager to give their skipper a fitting farewell. Bangladesh look quite balanced on paper and will have to be calculative with their approach if they want to get past the group stage. Here, we list down the squad build-up and how Bangladesh can give themselves an opportunity to qualify for the semifinals, and then, you never know.

While there are quite a few young talented superstars in the squad, Bangladesh's fate will largely depend on how Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mortaza perform. The first four are in some pretty decent batting form and have done well in the past in these major ICC events. It was because of Mahmudullah's back-to-back centuries Bangladesh qualified for the quarterfinals in the 2015 World Cup, while Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur played their part both in 2015 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy.

With Shakib batting at No. 3, he along with Tamim will be expected to lay a good platform for Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah who will be providing the finishing touch to Bangladesh's innings.

Meanwhile, Mortaza might be well past his prime but the onus will be on the 35-year-old to lead the young bowling attack. The right-arm seamer has picked up 33 wickets since 2018 and has operated at a very good economy rate of 4.99. He only took six wickets in the tri-series against West Indies and Ireland but kept one end tight by not giving away many runs.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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